Tiger football seniors go out winners

November 2, 2007

The DeKalb County High School Tiger football team sent 15 seniors out on a winning note, Friday night, as they upended the Macon County Tigers, 33-23, in the last game of the 2007 football season.

The Tigers opened up a 13-0 lead in the first quarter on a pair of Hunter Poteete touchdown passes. The sophomore hit Abram Edwards on a 30-yard scoring strike, then found J.J. Herriott on a 63-yard pass. Macon County sacked Poteete in the end zone, early in the second quarter, to get on the board. Kyle Grace's seven-yard touchdown pass to Brian Trask on fourth-and-goal, midway through the second quarter, cut the DC lead to 13-10. DeKalb came back with a six-yard scoring run by Corey Cripps, but Grace scored on a 20-yard touchdown run, making it a 19-17 DeKalb County advantage with just under two minutes left in the half.

The Black and Gold marched down the field and scored again before halftime on Poteete's 29-yard pass to Steven McCormick. DeKalb County got the ball back on an on-side kick, and Poteete found Edwards inside the one-yard line as the halftime clock expired.

Macon County scored on the opening drive of the second half, as tailback Lance Reid rambled 17 yards for a touchdown. The failed extra point left the visitors behind 27-23, but DeKalb County earned more breathing room by scoring on their next possession. Poteete capped off a seven-play, 57-yard drive with a 20-yard strike to Edwards, their second touchdown hook-up of the night. Juan Ruiz missed the extra point attempt, but the Tigers had a 33-23 lead with 4:45 left in the third quarter.

Neither team scored the rest of the way, although Macon County threatened on a few occasions. Grace had three passes intercepted - one apiece by McCormick, Herriott and Collin Patterson. Herriott had two picks on the night, as he grabbed a halfback pass attempt by Marcus Thompson out of the air in the first half. The visiting Macon Tigers ended up with five total turnovers.

DeKalb County ended the night with 428 yards of total offense, including 299 by Poteete through the air. The sophomore tossed four total touchdowns and went over 1,500 yards passing for the season. As a team, the Tigers ran for 129 yards on 36 carries, led by Matthew Lawrence with 67 yards on 11 carries. Edwards caught three passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns, while McCormick had four receptions for 75 yards and a score.

For Macon County, Grace completed 12-of-23 passes for 169 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. The visiting Tigers had 150 yards on the ground and 319 yards of total offense.

The DeKalb County Tigers end the season with a record of 2-8, 1-5 in Region 4-3A.

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